Jesus, Forgiveness, Healing, Grace, Mercy, Redemption are all words that are associated with Christianity but the understanding of them is being lost today's world.
The Problem of Sin
Some theologians say we are born with this problem of sin that comes from a flaw within our souls that we have inherited from Adam, others say that it’s something we learn from others when we are children living in our fallen and broken society. Click here to read the page on ‘Damaged Goods' if required. Whatever of the two alternatives above is the correct one, it is difficult to deny that we don’t have to teach children how to be bad, it’s something they have to be taught not to be.
So this problem of sin is common to everyone of us. It's as if we each have a 'Good Guy' and a 'Bad Guy' living within us, with the 'Bad Guy' somehow being the more attractive and having the advantage.
A ‘chicken and egg’ type of question worth considering is this - What comes first, are we sinners because we commit sins or do we commit sins because we are sinners’
I find that many people, when asked if they are a ‘sinner’ or not, answer in terms of - ‘well I was a few times last week’. They think in terms of occasions of sin rather than this wound within our hearts that always wants to lead us astray. St Paul, perhaps the greatest Christian who ever followed Jesus wrote about the problem he, and every one of us have, in these terms. - ‘I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can’t. I do what I don’t want to—what I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience proves that I agree with these laws I am breaking. But I can’t help myself because I’m no longer doing it. It is sin inside me that is stronger than I am that makes me do these evil things. I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn I can’t make myself do right. I want to but I can’t. When I want to do good, I don’t; and when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. Now if I am doing what I don’t want to, it is plain where the trouble is: sin still has me in its evil grasp. It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. (Romans Ch 7 13 to 25 Living Bible)
So there is a solution - Jesus himself. But first we need to meet the Real Jesus, which is the purpose of this Web site.
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